Science can outline possible futures estimate

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Unformatted text preview: ess International cooperation (functionalism) is needed to manage a global issue New alliances are formed Politics determines the ultimate outcome but nature’s laws are inexorable; inaction has unavoidable consequences. Science can: Outline possible futures Estimate consequences Estimate uncertainties Point out areas of ignorance and needs for research Science cannot: Dictate what is dangerous or too risky Trade off climate vs. other costs and risks Make judgments under uncertainty Dictate policy NATURAL GREENHOUSE EFFECT: Sun’s rays are converted into heat at the earth’s surface Heat is radiated into space and temperature equilibrium is achieved Greenhouse Gases are present in the Earth’s atmosphere Include water, CO2, and Methane Absorb reradiated heat and reradiate some of it bac...
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